10 food and drink experiences in Milan

Discover the real taste of the city

First time in Milano? Perfect, that's your complete must eat&drink list with some useful adresses. Follow our tips and enjoy the taste of Milan!

1. Risotto con ossobuco – Milanese style risotto and braised veal shanks
The Milanese style risotto is one of the most famous dishes in Italy. The perfect is the creamy one, that we call "all'onda" (literally, on the wave) made with "carnaroli" rice, saffron, onion, butter, meath broch and cheese that usually is Parmesan. If you want you can order for a "Risotto con ossobuco" that is risotto with braised veal shanks.
Where to: Trattoria Masuelli San Marco, Da Cecco, Casanova



2. Cotoletta – The Milanesa
Another must of the milanese cuisine is the Milanesa. It is a breaded cutlet. The original one is made with veal and fried in clarified butter. The perfect side dish are roast potatoes or tomatoes and arugula salad [please, don't ask for pasta: this is not Italian ;)]
Where to: Trattoria Masuelli San Marco, Da Cecco, Casanova



3. Polenta e brasato – Polenta and braised beef
Polenta is cornmeal boiled into a porridge. Usully it is served with braised beef, a very delicious and soft meat slow-cooked with red wine and tomato souce. You can also ask for a polenta with Gorgonzola, a very tasty blue cheese.
Where to: Da Cecco, Al Less, Osteria dei Vecchi Sapori



4. Pizza
You know, Italy is the country of pizza. You can discover different way to make it, the most used in Milano are the Neapolitan one the sponge one. The last one is one of the most asked in city and the most famous is "margherita" topped with mozzarella, tomatoes souce, and oregano
Where to: Little Italy, Woodstock 3, Antica Pizzeria Fiorentina



5. Street food
Take a walk on the street of Milano and have some rest eating street food, such as a panzerotto. It is a savoury pie, can be fried or baked, usually filled with mozzarella and tomato. One of the most famous in the city is served at Luini in the city centre.
Where to: 091 PM, Mica, Luini



6. Discover a delicatessen
Milano is full of very nice delicatessen that we call "gastronomie" (if they are big) or "latterie" (when small). One of most important is Peck, established in 1883. Here you can find everything from fresh food to wine.
Where to: Peck, Il Nuovo Principe, Oldani



7. Take a (real) espresso and try some pastry
There are lots of cafes and pastry shop in the city. Have an espresso and taste, for example, a "cannoncino alla crema" (rolled puff pastry filled with crème pâtissière) or some pan de mej (a kind of butterd biscuit).
Where to: Taveggia, Cucchi, Clivati



8. Panettone
Panettone is the king of Milanese pastry. It is a sweet bread loaf with raisin and candied fruits. Traditionally it is a Chrstmas cake, but now you can find all the year. You can also find chocolate panettone, fruit cream or pastry cream panettone.
Where to: Vergani, Marchesi, Biffi



9. Have a Negroni Sbagliato and an Aperitivo
If you want to try a cocktail made in Milan, ask for the "Negroni Sbagliato" (Wrong Negron). It was invented in Sixities... but it was a mistake! It is a shake of sparkilin wine, vermouth and bitter soda.
Aperitivo is a special "happy hour": you pay for a drink and you get food for free (usually from 7 to 9 pm)
Where to: Bar Basso, L'Altro Luca e Andrea, Fonderie Milanesi



10. Have a glas of Franciacorta wine
Franciacorta is one the most famous sparking wine in Lombardy. There are more than 100 winery specialized in it such as Berlucchi, Ca' del Bosco and Bellavista. Is it made with chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot blanc.
Where to: El Buscia, Vertical, N'ombra de Vin